Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Test your knowledge of benign swellings

Are these statements true or false? Click on the link at the bottom to find out

Are these statements true or false? Click on the link at the bottom to find out

1 Gynaecomastia

  • is the result of low levels of circulating oestrogens
  • when physiological, typically occurs in adolescents and the elderly
  • is seen in hypothyroidism
  • can be a side effect of spironolactone, cimetidine and calcium channel blockers
  • may be caused by abuse of anabolic steroids or cannabis

2 Sebaceous cysts

  • arise from sebaceous glands
  • may disappear spontaneously
  • are common in children
  • only rarely appear on the palm or soles
  • may be part of Gardner's syndrome

3 A varicocele

  • affects between 10-15% of young men
  • is more common in men with subfertility
  • is more common on the right hand side
  • requires surgery
  • commonly causes discomfort

4 Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis

  • is painless
  • can mimic a basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma
  • can be multiple
  • may have central ulceration
  • may require excision

Gynaecomastia Sebaceous cysts Varicocele Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis Answers

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say